Chalkboard Alphabet Blocks

by ilene on May 13, 2014 · 3 comments

in baby, tutorial

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Zoey’s starting to learn and identify letters which is a welcome change from her animal obsession. There are only so many times a day we can read the same farm book over and over.  As of now, she can identify the letters that spell out her name and thats about it.  BUT she thinks she knows all of them  and tries to fool me.  Anytime she sees signs, books, or a computer keyboard, she will point to the letters and pretend to read them.  Whenever she sees a letter she doesn’t know, she will point and proudly make up names for them like “MPH!” with a pleased look on her face.   It’s pretty funny listening to her made up letters, she blurts them out with such convincing gusto.   She’s been having fun trying to learn  so I decided to make her some alphabet blocks to play with.

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Since I had plenty of leftover chalkboard paint from previous projects (this is the paint I use), I thought it’d be fun to paint them in chalkboard paint and use chalk markers to write the letters. I can use a damp cloth to erase the letters later if I wanted to change them up and write numbers, the chinese alphabet or even have Zoey write on them when she is older. I think it’d be cute for her to write out the alphabet in her own handwriting (much) later down the line.

Here are the materials that I used:  wood cubes, chalkboard paint, chalk markers (or regular chalk) and a paint brush:blocks11

I originally was looking at etsy.com for unfinished wooden blocks that I could paint, but then I found these wooden cubes at the Japanese dollar store Daiso.  I could get a dozen of these 1.2″ cubes for $1.5o and I needed three dozen to have enough for the full alphabet for a total of $4.50.  This was much cheaper than any other option I found online.

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I’m not going to lie, painting all six sides of 3 dozen cubes was a bit tedious, especially since I did three coats of paint each:blocks8

 

This project is one of this mind numbing ones that was done while watching a couple hours of reality television. Which probably made my mind even number.

I waited an hour in between coats and let the paint cure overnight:blocks9

The next day, I broke out the chalk pens and wrote out the alphabet:
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We keep these in a plastic bin and Zoey loves to pull them out and point out the “O” and “Y”, her two favorite letters.  She also loves to stack and build really tall towers with them!

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Even I have fun constructing words and phrases with them!blocks5

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Thanks for reading!

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1 Andrea May 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Whoooa!!! That’s a smokin’ deal on the blocks! Guess I have to hit up my local Daiso… :D These would be adorable on my mantle for a fun summer theme- or anytime really! :D

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2 Lin May 28, 2014 at 11:01 am

These are great Ilene! I’ve been following your blog for a while now. I just love your writing and the beautifully curated photos. I know that it takes a lot of time to put together a post. Just wanted to let you know that your hard work has not gone unrecognized. Go you!

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3 ilene June 4, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Thank you so much, Lin! I really appreciate your kind words!!!

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